Grenfell Tower fire wouldn't have happened if our recommendations had been acted on, says chair of MPs' fire safety group

'Grenfell Tower fire wouldn't have happened if recommendations from Fire Safety and Rescue Group had been acted upon'

A huge fire broke out at Grenfell Tower earlier today

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The chair of Parliament's Fire Safety and Rescue Group has said the Grenfell Tower fire probably wouldn't have happened if its recommendations had been acted on.

Reports claim the group called for a tower block safety review but then-housing minister Gavin Barwell didn't allow it to go ahead.

MP David Amess told Jon Holmes: "It’s absolutely tragic that here we are, you and I, talking about these matters, where if only the recommendations of our committee had been acted on, I think we perhaps wouldn’t be having this conversation now.

"All fires can be avoided in terms of homes, tower blocks, offices - there are sensible precautions which need to be taken to avoid fires breaking out.

"I’m not pretending there isn’t cost involved in all this, but when you tell me that fire extinguishers, escape routes weren’t safe [at Grenfell Tower], this is totally, totally unacceptable."

Some have suggested the cladding recently fitted to Grenfell Tower exacerbated the building's vulnerability to fire.

Amess said that the material used in cladding is "something else which must be acted on immediately" and looked at as we cannot risk any more people's lives.

talkRADIO has contacted Barwell for a comment and he has not responded.

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